Sunday, March 18, 2007

Pet Food Recall

Menu Foods, an Ontario, Canada-based company that produces pet food, said Saturday it was recalling dog food sold throughout North America under 48 brands and cat food sold under 40 brands including Iams, Nutro and Eukanuba. The food is distributed by major retailers such as Wal-Mart, Kroger and Safeway. An unknown number of cats and dogs have suffered kidney failure and about 10 died after eating the affected pet food, the company said. Two other companies — Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Hill's Pet Nutrition Inc. — said Saturday that as a precaution they were voluntarily recalling some products made by Menu Foods.

The recall covers the company's "cuts and gravy" style food, which consists of chunks of meat in gravy, sold in cans and small foil pouches from Dec. 3 to March 6.

A complete list of the recalled products along with product codes, descriptions and production dates is available from the Menu Foods Web site, The company also designated two phone numbers that pet owners could call for information — (866) 463-6738 and (866) 895-2708.

Menu Foods' chief executive and president Paul Henderson told the Associated Press on Friday that the company was still trying to figure out what happened.

Sarah Tuite, a company spokeswoman, has said the recalled products were made using wheat gluten purchased from a new supplier, which has since been dropped for another source. Wheat gluten is a source of protein.

Food and Drug Administration' spokeswoman Julie Zawisza said it is still too early to determine what could have affected the food. Zawisza added that even if wheat gluten is the source "it doesn't necessarily mean the wheat gluten per se. It could be another substance associated with the wheat gluten."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is the largest pet food recall we've heard of and seems to span most major dog and cat food brands, but it does apply only to wet or moist canned and pouched foods -- no dry foods or biscuit treats are included in the recall.

The below link has some of the most up-to-date information on the recall, with details on the specific Purina, Science Diet, Nutro, Iams, and Eukanuba foods recalled.

Massive Pet Food Recall Information